App pays you to deliver someone else's stuff

Posted at 7:45 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 21:45:13-05

Between Uber, Airbnb, eBay and Craigslist, the so-called "peer-to peer" economy has grown exponentially over the last ten years. The newest trend? Pairing people to ship stuff for you. 

The app is called "Roadie." It matches people who need things shipped somewhere with people driving that route.

"People are heading everywhere and chances are some of them are heading where your stuff needs to go. Whether it's car keys, cupcakes, or a couch," Roadie CEO Marc Gorlin said.

In Denver, if you're heading to Dallas, you can take along a bench, make a delivery, and earn $100.

Heading to Georgia? You can help Carol move and take home almost $200.

As for a price comparison, to send a large oddly-shaped object like a guitar from Denver to Colorado Springs, it'll cost you around $77 to ship it overnight. If you can find someone driving that route on Roadie, that same trip will cost you $37.

As for safety, all drivers are required to give their personal information before pickup. Pictures of the item are required before and after delivery, and there is an "open box" policy to stop anyone from trying to ship anything illegal.

But would people actually use this service?

"I'd try it, just not with my most valuable possession," one person said.

"I'm not sure I'd trust that. Who knows who you might get paired up with," another Denver resident added.

Roadie has more than 230,000 downloads in their first year, and the company is looking to increase their presence in Denver.


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